With almost 750 of the country's premier track and field athletes entered in the intercollegiate track meet at the Stadium on Friday and Saturday of this week, it is impossible to predict with any certainty the outcome, that is the individual apportionment, of the 15 points in each of the 15 events. So many star performers are entered and so many of these stars have turned in results which point to them as possible point-winners that it is certain only that the competition will be as keen as last year and that the points will be as well distributed among the 30 or more colleges entered.
Some indication of the quality of this year's entries may be seen by the fact that 34, or over half of the 66 men who placed last May, will be on hand Saturday, while six or possibly seven of the first-place winners are expected to compete. California alone has three of these in Hendrixson, winner of the quarter; Norris, who tied for first in the pole-vault; and Muller, who tied for first in the high-jump. Woodring of Syracuse, winner of the 220-yard dash, will again be on hand as will Connolly of Georgetown, 1921 mile champion, and R. E. Brown, Cornell's winning two-miler. The doubtful one of this group of last year's champions is Kirksey, of Leland Stanford, who captured the century dash. He has injured one of his legs and though he is coming East and is expected to run, it is not certain that Coach Templeton will allow his star sprinter to compete.
Fast Men In Century Dash
The 100-yard dash, even without the champion, will have four of last year's five place-winners and the time is bound to be fast. Even if Kirksey does compete, it is probable that Leconey of Lafayette will be the ruling favorite partly on account of Kirksey's injury and partly because of Leconey's perform-performances this year. Last season the finish between these two was so close that many spectators thought the Lafayette flyer had won and this year he has equalled ten flat twice and has captured one race in 9 7-10 seconds. While Leconey is the favorite, Woodring of Syracuse, Hutchinson of California, and Lever of Pennsylvania who placed-third, fourth, and fifth respectively last year are entered and may upset predictions. Lovejoy of Cornell, Hartranft, Stanford's great weight and dash man; McKim of Princeton, Foldman and Rusnack of Yale, Carter of Brown, and Graib of Columbia are only a few of the faster dash men.
Woodring Favored for 220
In the 220-yard dash, Woodring, the present champion, is favored to repeat. Last spring, however, he was forced to cover the furlong in 21 2-5 seconds to beat Leconey and Hutchinson of California; and inasmuch as both of these men will run again this year, he will have to turn in one of his best performances, McKim of Princeton has been credited with 21 4-5 seconds in this event, but at the Penn relay carnival Woodring started ten yards behind his opponent in a 220 strotch and beat him to the tape by over 12 foot.
The quarter-mile should produce one of the most sensational races of the meet. Henderson won it last year in 49 seconds and he will have to do this or better if he is to win again. Here too Woodring is rated with the fastest of the field, having a mark of 47 4-5 seconds to his credit. It is probable, however, that he will not attempt to run both the dashes and the 440, so that the race should develop into a battle between Stevenson of Princeton, Driacoll of Boston College, Roy of Rutgers, Koppisoh of Columbia, John of Cornell, and Williamson of Stanford Stevenson is at present the national champion, while Driscoll is known as a great fighter with an ability to finish strong.
Strong Field in Half-Mile
In the half-mile Cook of Cornell, who finished fifth last year, is the only returning place winner, but Brown of Penn, Hilffrich and Shields of Penn State, Marsters of Georgetown, Carter of Cornell, Johnson of Princeton and Campbell of Yale will add interest in the 880 trials on Friday and should come through to give a close finish to the final race on Saturday.
Conolly of Georgetown took the mile last year in 4 minutes 17 1-5 seconds but this year he has failed to give evidence that entitles him to be regarded as the winner on Saturday. Shields of Penn State ran a mile in 4 minutes 18 4-5 seconds less than a week ago, and while this stands as the best mark of the year, Strickler and Kirby of Cornell, Burke of the University, Douglas of Yale, and Crawford of Lafayette are capable of furnishing stiff competition. There is almost certain to be a close battle between Burke and Douglas, for the Yale miler will come to Cambridge intent upon wiping out the sting of his defeat in the dual meet.
R. E. Brown and N. P. Brown of Cornell together with Don of California all placed in the two-mile race last spring, with R. E. Brown winning in 9 minutes and 32 seconds. These three men are entered again, but the champion has been suffering from grippe and it is not impossible that he will lose his title, Buker of Bates is more than a possible winner while Vander Pyl of Yale and Hendrie of M. I. T., though seldom considered as winners, should place.
Keen Competition In Hurdles
Last year in the hurdle races Thomson of Dartmouth, Krogness of the University, and Wells of Leland Stanford were the strongest men; but even with these three runners gone the timber-topping events should be as sensational as ever. In the lows, Falk of California, who captured second place last May, will run again and will need his full strength to beat Taylor of Princeton and Meyers of Rutgers. Hauers, Thayer, or Fitts may pick up a point or two for the University, while Hulman of Yale may place. Thomson, Princeton's all-around athlete, should win the highs, although his best time has been equalled on one occasion by Whitney of the University and Cooke of Wesleyan.
Hartranft Should Take Shot-Put
Hartranft of Leland Stanford is without doubt the country's leading shot-putter and should take the event in the Intercollegiates. Hills, the versatile Princeton Freshman is ineligible, while neither Thompson of Princeton, Jordan of Yale, Brown of the University, or Merchant of California has done within six feet of Hartranft's 50 feet 3-5 inches.
The present Intercollegiate record of 165 feet 3-4 inches made in the hammer-throw, in 1915 by H. P. Bailey of Maine, is in danger if reports from the coast are true. Merchant, California's start weight man, has been credited with over 171 feet and he should win the event with comparative case if he can duplicate this feat. Tootel of Bowdoin, Baker of Princeton, and Brown of the University are the outstanding Easterners here. While Baker defeated Brown at the Penn relays, the Crimson captain avenged himself in the dual meet Saturday and if he can stay within the circle he may press Merchant or even establish a new record himself.
Polo-Vault a Toss-Up
Captain Gardner of Yale would be the favorite for the pole-vault save for the erraticness of his performances this spring. He has attained 12 feet 9 inches on one day and 11 feet 6 inches on the next. Black of California has also cleared 12 feet 9 inches, but with these two exceptions there has been little vaulting over 12 1-2 feet. The battle for the minor places will be keen with Norris of California, Wilcox of Leland Stanford, Guin-look of Cornell and Davis of the University as possible point-winners.
There is no broad-jumper this year capable of endangering Gourdin's world record, but at least half a dozen men have leaped 23 feet. Legendre of Georgetown, better known as a pentathalon winner, is a general favorite in spite of the fact that Lourie, Muller, and Gruff all placed last year. In Boren and Merchant, California has men that help to keep the balance of her extraordinary team while Rose of Pennaylvania is credited with 23 feet, 7 1-4 inches.
Brown and Muller In High-Jump
Muller of California who tied Landon of Yale at 6 feet 3 1-2 inches in last year's meet will not have things his own way this week. L. T. Brown of Dartmouth has improved, as his new world's indoor record of 6 feet 4 7-8 inches shows. Here as in the polve-vault the competition for the minor places will be keen, Chamber lain of Virginis, Howell of Leland Stanford, Weatherdon a New York University, and Doppell of Cornell all having done over six feet.
The two new events this year, the javelin and discus throws, will not differ from the other events by failing to produce some exciting competition. The finals of the javelin-throw will be held inside of the Stadium Saturday and the spectators will be given a chance to watch the Westerners, who are practically in a class by themselves in this event. Legendre of Georgetown is the East's most consistent representative, but his throws of 170 and 174 feet pale in comparison to the reports from the coast which credit Hanner of Leland Stanford with several practice marks of over 205 feet. Newfeld of California has a record of 194 feet 5 1-2 inches, the best mark that has been made in a regular competition, while Bronder of Pennsylvania is said to have made a throw exceeding 180 feet.
In the discus as in the javelin the West is substantiated in claiming the supermacy. Hartranft, Leland Stanford shot-putter, has the best American college mark with a throw of 147 feet 9 inches, while Newfeld and Muller of California have come within 13 and 20 feet of this mark respectively. Weatherdon of New York University has made one of the best Eastern records with 125 feet 11 1-2 inches, while Legendre, Thompson of Princeton, Kellet of M. I. T. and Jordon of Yale have been performing consistently, if not brilliantly.